After many years of planning, we are delighted to be able to offer to our members, hot yoga in Staines. We are working with a world-renowned expert, Amanda Free, who is one of the UK’s leading pioneers of Hot Yoga. We are delighted to have her on board, here at The Thames Club, creating our Hot Yoga offering, educating our teachers and personally delivering classes.
Here, Amanda introduces herself and explains why she fell in love with the discipline and what benefits we can expect from our new hot yoga studio.
“I was first introduced to Hot Yoga at the age of 17, whilst visiting some friends in Los Angeles. It is fair to say, that day changed my life. From the very first session I was hooked. It was unlike anything I had tried before and I just fell in love with it.
I feel extremely privileged to have been taught directly by the founder of the discipline and to have been the very first teacher to bring Hot Yoga to the UK back in the 1980s.
Over the last 30 years teaching and practicing the discipline, I have adapted the core principles to create my own, unique style and session format. Each class delivers a progressive and bespoke experience for every student whilst remaining true to the origins of the discipline.
For those new to Hot Yoga, you are in for a treat but don’t make the mistake of thinking hot Yoga is easy. It isn’t. The sessions are tough. Working out in 40-degree centigrade takes some getting used to but, stick with it, and I guarantee that, after a few sessions, you will be hooked.
The high temperatures promote several benefits. In addition to the release of feel-good endorphins which create a sense of euphoria which extend way beyond the 60-minute class time, the heat and the breathing techniques also promote a better flow of oxygenated blood around the body, aiding lung and heart function. The heat also allows deeper, muscular stretches which improve flexibility and joint movement.
These benefits make the practice of Hot Yoga the perfect training supplement to many other workout practices. For example, individuals keen to improve performance in a specific sport, whether it be football, rugby, running, swimming or dance could really benefit from the improved cardio-respiratory function. In addition, Hot Yoga can perfectly complement a strength training programme through its promoting of improved blood flow to the muscles and range of joint movement.
The studio is set to become the area’s premium ‘hot’ venue and I can’t wait to start sharing this incredible experience with you. I will be a regular visitor at The Club from now so if you spot me, please feel free to come and say ‘hello’.”
Whilst LA is a long way from Staines, once our members start their personal Hot Yoga journey they will be hooked for life, just like Amanda was. Work is already underway on the new studio, with plans to welcome our first students through the doors in January 2018. All further updates will be posted here on this blog so check in regularly to ensure you are kept up to date with all our most recent news.